One of the things that is becoming more and more popular is trying to become self sufficient. There are a lot of ways to do this, but one of the first that most people decide on is to raise chickens. Chicken provide you help in a couple of ways. The first is that they provide fresh eggs for you and your family every day. The second is that once they have passed their laying prime you can eat them.
Before you ever bring home the first chick however, there is something that you need. That is a chicken coup. Chickens live in a coup it is a house that the chickens live in, it keeps them safe from predators and it gives them a place to lay their eggs.
While there are many different ways to build a chicken coup, this article is going to explain the simplest way to get the job done. The first thing you are going to need is some basic tools. A hammer, a drill, and some wire cutter will do the job. In addition you will need screws, chicken wire, four 4x4x8s, eight 2x4x8s, a large piece of tin at least 8×8, and a shovel.
The first thing you are going to do is to dig four holes 8 feet apart so that they form a square. Dig two of the holes 4 feet deep, and two of them 2 foot deep. Next bury the 4x4x8s in the holes. Finally attach the 2x4x8s to the poles. Put four around the top and four around the bottom. This is your main structure.
Next you are going to put the chicken wire around the sides. For this you can cut the chicken wire to the proper size for each side. You can attach the chicken wire in a variety of ways. They sell special fasteners or you can use bent nails. Either way will work. Attach the chicken wire on three sides On the fourth side only attach one side of the chicken wire that way you will have a door.
Finally you are going to want to give the chicken something to walk and jump on. A piece of old scrape wood will do the job. Just make sure it is up off the ground. This is the quick and easy way to build a chicken coup. Also attach the tin roof at this point.
There are many different things you can do to make your chicken coup better. You could build a real door, something with a latch and a frame. You can put crates in your coup so that the chickens can build a nest to lay in. You can even add special doors so that you can retrieve the eggs without disturbing the chickens.
The main thing to remember is that you are going to need a way to clean the coup. Chickens are rather nasty birds so if you have a bunch of them, they are going to create a large amount of waste that is going to smell. You probably are not going to want to put your chicken coup too close to your home.
In addition you are going to need a feeder and a water bowl. These can be purchased at any feed store and they are pretty inexpensive. The feed store is probably where you are going to get your chickens from. Ask one of the associates for help in picking out chickens. They will be knowledgeable about which types of chickens are best depending on your needs.
Raising chickens can be very rewarding and it can save you money. If you get a rooster you will not need to buy any chickens after the first time. There is nothing better than getting in touch with you natural side and get back into the dirt.
If you are looking for something that will put you in touch with your primal side, raising chickens might just be the thing for you. You can get fresh eggs everyday, and when the time is right you can even get dinner.
In order to raise your own chicks all you need is to take the time to build a chicken coup. You can spend a day building it and the rest of your life enjoying it.